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Pepperl+Fuchs joins forces with mobile explosion protection pioneer ecom instruments.

Mannheim, 24th October, 2016 – Pepperl + Fuchs, a globally leading company in explosion protection by intrinsic safety and in industrial sensors, today announced the takeover of ecom instruments GmbH, the world market leader for mobile industrial devices for hazardous areas. The company domiciled at Assamstadt/Germany achieved their position as technology leaders by developing explosion proof cell phones, 4G smartphones and tablets. With this Pepperl + Fuchs complements the portfolio and the know-how in explosion protection with mobile solutions.

“In ecom instruments we found an industry pioneer with 15% growth rate lately who, for decades, proved and strengthened his technology leadership in mobile explosion protection and now complements our offering with a competitive portfolio reaching far into the future” Dr. Gunther Kegel (CEO of the Pepperl + Fuchs group) said.

“Besides the expanded product portfolio we can see new opportunities arising along the entire value added chain. With this we can not only strengthen our offering in the field of explosion protection, but we can achieve a much better market position – with a partner from our region – and consequently generate new solutions around the complex of Industrie 4.0”, added Kegel.

“The expertise in explosion protection and the wide-spread international sales force of Pepperl + Fuchs made them our favorite partner from the very beginning. Our innovative devices do not only fill a gap in their portfolio, but allow ecom instruments and Pepperl + Fuchs to develop future business models and solutions at the Center of Competence at Assamstadt to gain access to the enormous growth potential of the ongoing digitalization of industry”, Rolf Nied stated, founder and managing partner of ecom instruments GmbH.

About Pepperl + Fuchs GmbH


The medium-sized family-owned company Pepperl + Fuchs is counted among the leading companies in industrial sensors and explosion protection.

Explosion Protection – The Division Process Automation is world-market leader in the field of explosion protection in hazardous areas by intrinsic safety. Furthermore, the Division offers large varieties of application-oriented system solutions for process industries. The portfolio consists of analog isolation barriers, fieldbus topology systems, remote I/O systems, HART interfaces, level control sensors, purge systems, HMI devices, as well as power supplies and signaling devices. Industrial Sensors – With the invention of the industrial inductive proximity sensor in 1958, the company set a milestone in the history of automation technology. The target markets are machine builders, the automotive industry, handling and warehousing systems, pulp + paper, packing machines, doors, gates + elevators, mobile equipment and renewable energies. The Division offers customized sensor solutions such as inductive and photoelectric proximity sensors, ultrasonic sensors, rotary encoders, RFID-systems, data matrix readers, vision sensors and laser devices.

About ecom instruments GmbH


ecom instruments GmbH is an internationally leading name for complete solutions around mobile devices dedicated for the use in explosion hazardous areas in the chemical and petrochemical industry, in the pharmaceutical industry, in oil and gas exploration, in the mining industry, as well as in energy and environmental technologies. For 30 years ecom has been setting standards in the technical field and holds significant know-how in explosion protection for the everyday use in explosion hazardous areas.

ecom instruments offers solutions proven in use and based on robust reliable explosion-protected mobile state-of-the-art hardware products (tables, smartphones, PDA, etc.) in the core disciplines mobile computing, communication, measurement and calibration, as well as electronic torches. Peripheral devices, intelligent software and applications combined with a worldwide support by service centers in Germany, the United States, Singapore, and the United Arabian Emirates are the basis of ecom’s global service.

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